Center for the Study of Economic Liberty

The phenomenal upswing in human wellbeing and prosperity over the past two hundred years has been fueled by the idea of economic liberty and the alignment of formal and informal institutions which enhanced its effect. The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, a joint endeavor of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and the WP Carey School of Business, is dedicated to evaluation the contribution of economic liberty to human betterment through research and public affairs programming, which educates the university and the broader community.


Office: CPCOM 490

Mailing Address:
Main Campus PO BOX 879801 Tempe, AZ 85287-9801

Phone: 480-965-0329

Fax: 480-965-0748


Mail Code: 9801

Ross Emmett
Center Director & Professor

Emmett is the director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, He joined ASU in 2018.

Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, Arizona State CPComm 490B, POBox 879801
Christian Kim
Associate Center Director & Associate Professor
Scott Scheall
Asst Professor

Scheall is a co-host of Smith and Marx Walk into a Bar: A History of Economics Podcast.

Paul Bernert
Research Technician
Melissa Castle-Kirincic
Program Operations Specialist

Castle-Kirincic serves as Program Operations Specialist for the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty.

Tyler DesRoches
Assistant Professor

DesRoches has a joint appointment at the School of Sustainability and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

Margaret Hanson
Asst Professor

Dr. Hanson's research focuses on autocracies, with an emphasis on the former Soviet Union.

Mason Hunt
Project Coordinator

Hunt serves as the Project Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty.

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Stephen Slivinski
Senior Research Fellow & DBNA Project Director
Henry Thomson
Asst Professor

Thomson's research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism and democratization.